Movies in Theaters This Friday, May 31, 2013: After Earth, Now You See Me, The East, and More
Coming off an enormous Memorial Day weekend, theaters will try to comeback with another crop of big films. Not only will studios be fighting off franchise films such as Fast & Furious 6 and The Hangover: Part III, but new movies have a finite time before Man of Steel releases in two weeks. Overall, there are two wide releases and six limited ones.
Starting with M. Night Shymalan’s (The Sixth Sense) After Earth (not to be confused with the earlier-released Oblivion), Will and Jaden Smith star in the sci-fi action film where they return to post-apocalyptic Earth. Shymalan is trying to rebound after some critically-slammed films such as The Happening and The Last Airbender.
Second is Louis Leterrier’s (Clash of the Titans) magical heist thriller Now You See Me. With an impressive cast, including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine, I am personally most excited for this one.
In limited release, there are a couple titles you may have heard about. Zal Batmanglij’s follow-up to Sound of my Voice, titled The East, premieres. The cult thriller stars Brit Marling (Another Earth), Alexander Skarsgard (HBO’s True Blood), and Ellen Page.
Next, The Kings of Summer, featuring TV stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, releases. The adolescent drama actually stars three teenagers – Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias – living in the woods to get away from their parents.
The final notable limited release goes to Shadow Dancer starring Clive Owen, Andrea Risenborough (Oblivion), and Gillian Anderson (FOX’s The X-Files). It’s directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire).
The last three limited releases are American Mary, The History of Future Folk, and I Do.
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after catacylysmic events forced humanity’s escape.
With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audience while staying one step ahead of the law.
The story follows medical student, Mary Mason, as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with the surgical world she once admired. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called ‘freakish’ clientele.
THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company’s head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or “jam.” But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life.
An alien decides to form a bluegrass band instead of destroying Earth.
Family is everything to Jack and on the night of his brother’s death he’s emotionally broken. Seven years later he devotes his life to taking care of his sister-in-law Mya (indie actress Alicia Witt) and niece Tara, the only family he has left. But when his worker’s visa is denied and deportation to his native England seems imminent Jack is forced to do what any gay man would be tempted to, marry his bestie Ali (Jamie-Lynn Sigler of The Sopranos fame) to get his green card and stay in New York with his family.
After a quick cookie cutter wedding and moving Ali into his place, things seem to be right back on track. Jack returns to focusing his attentions on his brother’s family, until he meets Mano, a U.S.-born (and therefore American citizen), sexy Spaniard (Maurice Compte) who fills the void of the love interest Jack hadn’t allowed himself to enjoy before. As Jack’s attentions lean increasingly toward Mano, his world begins to shift.
The film cleverly examines the complications of immigration issues in the absence of marriage equality for LGBT people on a Federal level. After a tough first interview with I.N.S. (and a talk with her ex) Ali fears imprisonment. Ali, feeling ignored and growing resentful of their marriage, plans to file for divorce before Jack has gotten his green card.
As Jack searches for a new wife, the situation becomes more challenging when Mano must return to Spain for family crisis. Heart-wrenching decisions have to be made. He can move to Spain and have a legally binding marriage with Mano, but he’d have to leave behind the family he has created in the U.S. Director Glenn Gaylord (writer of Leave It on the Floor, Frameline35) helms this beautiful ensemble family drama and multi-talented screenwriter David W. Ross shines as Jack who must listen to his heart and decide just how he wants to live his own life.
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim), Magnolia Pictures’ SHADOW DANCER stars Andrea Riseborough (W.E., upcoming Oblivion), Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen.
A conspiracy thriller set around an act of betrayal within a tight knit family, the story centers around single mother Collette McVeigh (Riseborough) — a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers.
When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family.
With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger.
With informants working on both sides, Collette’s psychological and personal turmoil builds.
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